Antoine, Duke of Lorraine

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Duke of Lorraine
Reign10 December 1508 - 14 June 1544
Predecessor René II
Successor Francis I
Born4 June 1489
Died14 June 1544(1544-06-14) (aged 55)
Spouse Renée de Bourbon
Issue Francis I, Duke of Lorraine
Nicholas, Duke of Mercœur
Anna, Princess of Orange
House Lorraine
Father René II, Duke of Lorraine
Mother Philippa of Guelders

Antoine (4 June 1489 – 14 June 1544), known as the Good, was Duke of Lorraine from 1508 until his death in 1544.



Antoine was born at Bar-le-Duc, the son of René II, Duke of Lorraine and Philippa of Guelders. [1] He was raised at the court of King Louis XII together with his brother Claude, and also made friends with the Duke of Angoulême, the future King Francis I.

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In 1509 he entrusted the reins of the Duchy to his mother and Hugues des Hazards, bishop of Toul, and followed Louis XII in his campaign in northern Italy, where he took part in the Battle of Agnadello of that year. [2] After Louis' death, he went again to Italy under Francis I, participating in the battle of Marignano (14/15 September 1515). [3] However, called back home by problems in Lorraine, he was absent at the decisive battle of Pavia (1525), in which Francis was taken prisoner and his brother François, comte de Lambesc, was killed. [3]

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In Lorraine, Antoine had to face the spreading of Protestant Reformation, against which he published an edict on 26 December 1523. [4] The situation worsened the following year, when a rebellion, known as German Peasants' War, broke out in Alsace. The insurrectionists captured Saverne and tried to conquer Saint-Dié, while the peasants of Bitscherland also rose in May 1525. Antoine launched an expedition which reconquered Saverne on 17 May and crushed a peasant army on 20 May near Sélestat. He subsequently promulgated other edicts against the Protestants.

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Antoine was able to enlarge his duchy through heritages and acquisitions. Starting from 1525, he preferred to remain neutral in the wars which ensued between Francis I and Emperor Charles V. With the Treaty of Nuremberg (26 August 1542), he obtained by Charles V the independence of the Duchy of Lorraine

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In 1538, he claimed the titles of Duke of Guelders and Count of Zutphen upon the death of Charles of Egmond, but was unable to gain possession of them.

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By 1539, Antoine suffered from gout and asked his niece, Mary of Guise, to send him a Scottish hackney horse which he hoped to find easier to ride with his condition. [5]


On 26 June 1515, he married Renée of Bourbon, daughter of Gilbert de Bourbon, Count of Montpensier by Clara Gonzaga. [3]

He had six children:


8. Antoine, Count of Vaudémont
4. Frederick II, Count of Vaudémont
9. Marie d'Harcourt
2. René II, Duke of Lorraine
10. René of Anjou
5. Yolande, Duchess of Lorraine
11. Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine
1. Antoine, Duke of Lorraine
12. Arnold of Egmond, Duke of Gelderland
6. Adolf of Egmond, Duke of Guelders
13. Catherine of Cleves
3. Philippa of Guelders
14. Charles I, Duke of Bourbon
7. Catharine of Bourbon
15. Agnes of Valois-Burgundy

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  1. 1 2 3 Carroll 2009, p. 310.
  2. Bogdan 2013, p. 108.
  3. 1 2 3 Bogdan 2013, p. 109.
  4. Bogdan 2013, p. 110.
  5. Wood 1923, p. 33-34.


Preceded by
René II
Duke of Lorraine and Bar
Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson

Succeeded by
Francis I